On February 3rd, 1809 the Illinois Territory is created. It will go on to be the 21st state to join the United States, located in the former Northwest Territory. Its name was given by the state's French explorers after the indigenous Illiniwek people, a consortium of Algonquin tribes that thrived in the area. The word Illiniwek means simply "the people."
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A thought for the day: Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, The soul is healed by being with children.
On this date in history:
In 1931, gangster Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion. It took jurors four days to decide whether the mobster had cheated the Internal Revenue Service out of $215,000.
Those born on this day include:
- Jupiter Hammon, America's first published black poet, in 1711
- playwright Arthur Miller in 1915
- actor Rita Hayworth in 1918
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2018 with 75 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
On October 17th, 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
A thought for the day: Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower